Monday, July 10, 2017

Welcome Dr. Jorge Wong as RAMS President & Chief Executive Officer

We are happy to announce the confirmation of Dr. Jorge Wong as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of RAMS.

Dr. Jorge Wong is a California Licensed Psychologist with nearly three decades in the behavioral health and human services field, including over 15 years in management and leadership roles. His clinical focus has been in community mental health, correctional and forensic, crisis and culturally adapted evidence practices with underserved limited English proficient immigrant and refugee populations. Immediately prior to RAMS, Dr. Wong was the Specialty Mental Health Division Director of Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland, overseeing the establishment of a Specialty Mental Health Division serving moderate, chronic and severely mentally ill API populations in the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Santa Clara county’s largest community-based health and human services organization focused on Asians, where he oversaw enterprise wide quality improvement, compliance and regulatory functions, as well as managing integrated behavioral health services in primary care, problem gambling, HIV prevention and education, SUD and DUI services, CalWORKs, youth development and prevention, civic engagement, graduate clinical training, professional development, and external relations.

Dr. Wong is a Banana Slug from UC Santa Cruz and graduate from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). He completed his APA Internship at Cermak Health Services of Cook County DOC-Rush Presbyterian-Isaac Ray Center. He has served on the American Psychological Association’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), Committee of Professional Practice and Standards (COPPS), State Leadership Committee (SLC), and the editorial board for Psychological Services, the journal for Div. 18: Psychologists in Public Service. He is Past President of the California and San Francisco Psychological Associations, Board member of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC), Trustee and Adjunct Faculty at PAU, consultant to the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division, and past member of the Consumer and Family Leadership Council of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He has also served in advisory roles to the California Office of Problem Gambling, Kaiser Permanente’s Research Project of Genes, Environment and Health, the City of San Jose Office of the Independent Police Auditor and various international mental health organizations. Most recently he received the 2016 Okura Community Leadership Award by the Asian American Psychological Association and the 2015 Community Heroes Award: Mover and Shaker, by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board.

In his spare time he mentors underrepresented graduate students emphasizing that psychology is not just about practice and research but advocacy, policy and leadership. He encourages the younger generation to get involved professionally and represent the diversity of their respective communities and cultures.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wong to this significant leadership role at RAMS!


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